What a show! You're making me jealous.
Interesting anecdote: Willy will be performing in my town very soon as well. Friends of mine were aware and plotting attendance. The very next day my father says 'Oh, son, I read in the paper this morning that Willy Nelson is coming to town. We might have to see that, huh?' To which I replied, 'Sure, Dad, but if you come with me you'll have to go with about 10 of my friends.'
Willy might serve to reduce the average age. Mellencamp, well, he is virtually unknown to my generation, though, I think he's hilarious. I caught FarmAid this year.
But to bring the topic back on point: You said that 'No one disputes that theft
is wrong.' And I brought up Rousseau. An obscure reference, but I think relevant. If you recall his Confessions
he talks about stealing trinkets - if he payed for them, he immediately lost interest. If he stole them, the trinkets remained a delight over a period of time. So perhaps we do not agree that theft is universally wrong, and that there is instead an important contextual issue to consider. In the case of illegal music downloads the context seems to be that pirates find music to be something that everyone owns: we may not all be able to own the Mona Lisa
(analogous, perhaps, to the live performance) but we can all own a picture of the classic work: I can get one online, legally, for free, and print it out at home (burn the music to CD).